Can you say “S” without front teeth?

Occasionally I have a parent or teacher that worries once a child’s front teeth fall out, that the child will no longer be able to produce the “s” sound. Alternately, I have a child who is not producing “s” and the adults believe that he/she will be unable to do so until their permanent teeth are fully grown.

To show that with correct tongue placement, “s” sounds do not need teeth, I recruited my daughter to demonstrate. And then I promptly “lost” the video. Luckily, I recently stumbled upon this 5 year old video and am excited to share with you!

If you are a parent reading this blog post and wondering how to help your child, please contact your school’s speech pathologist or your doctor for a referral.

If you are an SLP reading this blog post and wondering how to help a child without front teeth, check out the following resources:

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